Gregory P. Hawver Partner

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Greg is a deal lawyer focusing on private equity-backed transactions in the middle market to lower middle market, with particular depth of experience working with independent sponsors, emerging managers and other entrepreneurial investors and business owners.

Greg represents private equity and strategic clients in a wide variety of change-of-control transactions, minority equity investments, domestic and cross-border acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations.

Greg is a key member of McGuireWoods’ industry-leading independent sponsor practice and is familiar with the unique opportunities and challenges presented by this growing segment of the P.E. ecosystem. He hosts “Deal-by-Deal” (an independent sponsor-focused podcast), is co-author of the McGuireWoods deal study of independent sponsor transactions (the largest of its kind), and participates in regional independent sponsor groups in Chicago, Miami and New York.

While Greg has closed deals in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, tech and business services, he spends significant time in the healthcare space (leveraging the industry-leading expertise of the McGuireWoods team). Greg regularly leads, together with his McGuireWoods healthcare colleagues, the acquisition of healthcare platforms for private equity clients and the subsequent add-on M&A strategy for those platforms post-closing.

Greg is co-chair of pro bono efforts for the Chicago office, is a board member of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and has represented the interests of children in numerous disputed guardianship cases as a court-appointed guardian ad litem.


  • Representation of Simpler Trading in connection with its sale to private equity firm ZMC. Founded by professional trader John Carter, Simpler Trading is a leading platform for interactive online education for individual traders and investors.
  • Representation of Drum Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of Excel Interior Door, LLC, a leading manufacturer of interior wooden doors.
  • Representation of West Edge Partners, a private equity firm, in its acquisition of Dakotaland Autoglass, a regional distributor and service provider to the aftermarket automotive replacement glass and paint, body & equipment industries.
  • Representation of NB Group Investors in its recapitalization of OnePeak Medical, an innovative primary care medical practice group located in the Pacific Northwest, to support continued growth.
  • Representation of a New York-based independent sponsor in connection with its acquisition of numerous personal care franchise locations across the U.S. .
  • Representation of Acuity Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Sterling Card Solutions, a leading manufacturer and designer of plastic gift cards and related products.
  • Representation of Tiger Peak Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of VoiceComm, a wholesale wireless accessory distributor.

Healthcare Transactions / Healthcare Platform Management:

  • Representation of Ridgemont Equity Partners in its acquisition of The Speech Pathology Group, a leading provider of speech language and behavior services. Following the platform acquisition, served as lead M&A and corporate counsel for this platform.
  • Representation of Sheridan Capital Partners in its acquisition of RS&A, LLC, an established medical device independent service provider based out of Rural Hall, NC. Following the platform acquisition, served as lead M&A and corporate counsel for this platform.
  • Representation of LLR Partners in its acquisition of Affinity Hospice, a leading regional provider of hospice and palliative care services across the Southeast U.S. Following the platform acquisition, served as lead M&A and corporate counsel for this platform.
  • Representation of Kansas Spine and Specialty Hospital in its sale to Surgery Partners, Inc. (NasdaqGS : SGRY).
  • Representation of NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health in connection with its joint venture with Residential Healthcare Group, a division of Graham Healthcare Group, with respect to home health and hospice business.
  • M&A and corporate counsel for Perimeter Healthcare, a mental and behavioral health services company and portfolio company Ridgemont Equity Partners, including add-on transactions such as: the acquisition of Lake Pines Hospital, a behavioral healthcare facility in Louisiana, and Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, a provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment in Texas.
  • Representation of New Orchard Capital and its portfolio company American Vision Group in the acquisitions of Retina Macula Specialists of Miami, Kabul and Vendula Ophthalmic Associates, LLC and Furnari & Lofton, a Florida-based optometry practice.
  • Representation of Revelstoke Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm, in its investment in DataLink Service Fund Solutions, a leading provider of medical software solutions.
  • Representation of Seven Hills Capital in its recapitalization of Reliable Medical Supply, a Minnesota-based provider of rehabilitation technology, clinical respiratory products and durable medical equipment and supplies.
  • Representation of Eye Health America, a full-service eye care practice backed by LLR Partners, in various acquisition transactions.

Other Transactions (with Prior Firm):

  • Representation of AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) in the sale of its cargo business, located in Germany and Norway, to TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE: TDG) for $725 million.
  • Representation of NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) in the sale of its general partner interest in TransMontaigne Partners LP (NYSE: TLP) to ArcLight Capital Partners for $350 million.
  • Representation of Henrob Corporation, an automotive manufacturing company located in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, in its sale to Atlas Copco, a Swedish public company.
  • Representation of Coleman Cable, Inc. in its sale to Southwire Company for $786 million.
  • Representation of Industrial Opportunity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Kuss Filtration, Inc. a manufacturer of filtration products for the automotive industry, to GVS S.p.A.
  • Representation of Industrial Opportunity Partners in its acquisition of the Production Machining Division of privately-owned AAA Sales & Engineering, Inc., a precision machiner of large, complex iron castings primarily for agricultural and off-highway vehicle applications.
  • Representation of General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) in the carve-out disposition of its automotive ignition wire business in the U.S. and Mexico to Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE: SMP) for approximately $71 million.